Padiham resident jailed after illegal text message to ex-partner

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A 25-year-old man who vowed in an illegal text message to his ex-partner that neither the “wind or the waves” could separate them found the prison bars would do the job when he appeared in court.

The romantic message sent by Padiham resident Ross Dixon put him in breach of a restraining order and a suspended prison sentence and saw him jailed for six months.

The message read to Blackburn Magistrates’ Court said; “Its me. I can’t stop thinking about you and its driving me mad now. I love you and always will. You have my heart and nothing can get rid of it, not the wind or the waves.”

Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said: “That is all well and good but he is subject to a restraining order and a suspended prison sentence for assaulting her and damaging her property.

“There has been domestic violence throughout their relationship and the police have been involved on 10 occasions.

“She doesn’t want him to be part of her life. She describes him as unpredictable and she doesn’t know what he is going to do next.”

Dixon (25), of Victoria Apartments, Padiham, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order in favour of Melanie Ashton. He was jailed for 12 weeks for the offence and a further 14 weeks for being in breach of a suspended prison sentence.

Jonathan Taylor (defending) said Dixon had spent time in hospital after being stabbed following the incident which resulted in the restraining order and suspended sentence.

He said: “He was trying to get his life back into some kind of order.

“Miss Ashton actually says in her statement that she was not abiding by the restraining order and had been having contact with my client over their child. Mentally he had got himself in a position where he could move forward but when she contacted him it triggered his emotions.”